We had a magical tour with a Kings. Even though the whale sharks had gone to ground for a week or more, and we booked on the tail of several days of windy, wet weather, we decided to take our chances on the Eco marine tour, hoping we would have to upgrade to whale shark tour on the day. Spent a glorious day snorkelling and watching the most amazing acrobatics of the humpbacks which seemed to be around in considerable, frolicking numbers, got among the mutton birds and blue tuna that were getting stuck into a huge (as in as far as the eye could see) school of bait fish. A turtle drifted by and a shovel nose shark tried to look like just another ripple in the sand. A juvenile humpback who wondered if the boat was his mother came investigating around and under us, OMG! We enjoyed excellent, fresh food. And the staff were simply terrific, fun to be around, knowledgeable, and nothing was too much trouble for them. We were heading back into the harbour, all the equipment was rinsed and put away when the call from the spotter plane came "it's big, it's beautiful, it's a WHALE SHARK!' OMG, I've never seen people moving so fast, the vessel was put into full thrust, we all threw on fins and mask, don't worry about wet suit, and as soon as we were positioned forward and to the side of the whale shark's expected trajectory, in we went. By crikey the staff had it down sweet, they positioned us so that every person was in a line past which the whale shark swam, then it was fin like the blazes to follow. We were blessed with three passes, and on the third pass, I got a fabulous photo of that mighty beast. Lawks. You gotta go!
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